Monday, 28 January 2013

Review and Giveaway: Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1) by Marilyn Almodóvar

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

My thoughts
Baxter is spunky, stubborn, sarcastic and loyal. She also as an inner strength that is tested to the limit time and time again. Her world is turned upside down as she approaches her sixteenth birthday. Her Mums cousin from England turns up uninvited and all but barges his way into their house he brings with him a box containing an onyx necklace with the name Declan engraved. Through Fred Baxter learns that she is not a normal teenager after all and she doesn’t come from a normal family. She comes from a family of magical beings and Baxter is a time bender, a unique power to have and one that is coveted by many. She will have to learn to master her ability to save herself from those that will do anything and hurt anyone to get it.

Amongst all this there is Declan. Declan has been trapped in a time loop for a hundred and twenty two years and only Baxter can see him. He promises to help her through her Interment and protect her all he wants in return is to be freed from his time loop prison.
Declan is arrogant yet charming from the Victorian era a lethal combination if you ask me and totally had me swooning.

And least we not forget Jack… Mmm Jack…. Forgive me I was day dreaming there for a moment Jack was totally swoon worthy and easily made it into my top ten swoonable book hotties. Jack is funny, sweet and easily a match for Baxter  and will do whatever he can to protect her and did I mention he is HOT!

Despite Declan and Jack been relatives and even though Jack cannot see Declan they dislike each other and so we find ourselves deciding who’s side to be on. Which one of these hot guys should we trust? Both have sworn to protect Baxter and both want to help her in her interment.

I wouldn’t call this a love triangle as I think it’s clear where Baxter’s heart lies but she does find it difficult when Jack and Declan just can’t agree on anything. I often wished I could bang their heads together. lol

This book as everything I love, a kick ass heroine, hot guys Magic and a twist at the end I never saw coming that changed my perspective on the entire book and left me all the more eager for book two.

I loved the popular culture references, I must admit to doing a fan girl dance whenever there was a doctor who mention or references *Doctor Who geek*

An exciting and unique take on magical beings and time travel

Harry Potter meets Doctor who in this brilliantly written book

An easy 5 stars

Author bio:

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, was published by Iambe Books on 01/22/2013. Fissure (Chronicles of the Interred #2) is scheduled for release on 06/22/2013.

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Marilyn Almodovar said...

Thanks for taking the time to review Interred!


lisa said...

Thank you for writing such a brilliant book with swoonable characters ;)

Raine Thomas said...

It's been fun to see this book evolve into the great story it is today. The characters have grown in more ways than one! Great review, Lisa. :)

rivie bleu said...

Really? Fissure is scheduled for June this year?
So exciting...

Rivie @ Bookshelf

lisa said...

I cant wait for the release of Fissure Either :)